Life on the Farm in Grafton County

Shot by Carly Geraci. Edited by Maggie Cassidy.


Hanover Bears: A Timeline

On May 23, 2017, New Hampshire wildlife officials announced a plan to euthanize a mother bear and three cubs following increasingly brazen behavior in Hanover neighborhoods near Dartmouth College.

This timeline put the decision, which provoked public outcry, into context by tracking several events before the announcement, including months of warnings for residents to secure bear attractants. As events continued to unfold, ultimately leading to the governor’s intervention, the timeline helped readers follow the developments. Click here to view.

Readers React as Hanover ‘Institution’ Everything But Anchovies Abruptly Closes Its Doors

Many readers were devastated in May 2017 to learn of the closing of Everything But Anchovies in Hanover after 38 years in business. Propelled by social shares from well-known Dartmouth College alumni who considered EBAs to be part of their college experience, the breaking-news scoop I discovered set a record for most hits on a single article.

I compiled a sampling of reactions on Storify (click here to view) to complement reporter Jordan Cuddemi’s story, and secured the restaurant’s well-known radio jingle to use in a video, shot by Jovelle Tamayo and edited by me.

Upper Valley Contingent Travels to D.C. March to Make Their Voices Heard

By Maggie Cassidy
Valley News Staff Writer

Washington, D.C. — After Ruth Heindel and Carissa Aoki had listened to speakers at the Women’s March on Washington for four hours outside the Air and Space Museum on Saturday, the Dartmouth College graduate and post-doctoral ecology students became ecstatic when they learned that organizers were changing the route.

It wasn’t the last-minute change they celebrated, but the reason: The event had drawn so many marchers that they were already filling up the route. They would have to add some new twists and turns to give marchers room to walk.

“This felt like a really big deal,” Heindel, 28, said at the march’s conclusion. “To feel like I was one of the people in one of those enormous historical photos … and that it was made up of all these individuals.”  Continue reading “Upper Valley Contingent Travels to D.C. March to Make Their Voices Heard”

Advocates, Listeners, Friends: ‘Recovery Coach’ Program Aims to Help Those Helping Addicts

By Maggie Cassidy
Valley News Staff Writer

Lebanon — In a brightly lit conference room last week, more than 20 people — most from the Upper Valley — slowly and silently walked past a long line of large pieces of paper taped on the wall, reading dozens of slurs scrawled in magic marker that are used to stigmatize people with addiction, alcoholism, mental illness and those trying to get sober.

The group, participants in a weeklong course that would teach them how to coach people in addiction recovery, had brainstormed and written the words themselves, in an exercise designed to address stigma.

Many wrote from experience: As members of each of those groups, they were familiar with the labels that stuck to them as individuals, sometimes for decades.


Town drunk.


Hopeless.  Continue reading “Advocates, Listeners, Friends: ‘Recovery Coach’ Program Aims to Help Those Helping Addicts”